November 5, 2018, Columbia, MO – PWArchitects Celebrates 40 Years
PWArchitects was featured in the November 2018 issue of the Columbia Business Times. The article includes a photo taken during the ribbon cutting at the firm’s 40th Anniversary Celebration held in August at the Country Club of Missouri.
Bigger isn’t always better. In the world of architecture, this may seem like a contradictory notion, but for PWArchitects, it makes sense. In fact, the firm itself mirrors this belief.
PWArchitects is a full-service firm with 12 employees that work with clients from the beginning to the end of a project. They specialize in sustainable design and architectural planning, yet the firm’s repertoire includes a variety of services, including interior design, LEED design (an eco-friendly certification given for building design), management, and landscape design.
Nick Peckham and Brad Wright founded PWArchitects in 1978. The pair had met for the first time the previous summer. They created the firm because Peckham was in a bind: He had contracted multiple jobs, but he didn’t have anyone to work them. Wright, who had a background in architecture, was unemployed when he met Peckham.
Hearing that Wright had just quit his job, Peckham approached him about working together, and they formed PWArchitects — the P and W standing for their last names.
Their partnership lasted more than 35 years until they decided it was time to retire. The company began a transition of ownership in 2005 to current president Chris Davis and current vice president Erik Miller. Davis and Miller were already minority owners in the company.
With expertise in both public and private buildings, the architects at PWArchitects specialize in everything from educational buildings to multifamily housing, often pivoting between multiple projects at a time. “As architects, we’re natural born multitaskers, so we lend ourselves to being able to jump from one project to the next,” says Davis.